27/01/2014 – Students at MUT and DUT deserve better – ACDP Youth Foundation

African Christian Democratic Party – Youth Foundation (ACDP-YF)

Media Release

Ntokozo Zama, ACDP-YF National Chairman

 

Students at MUT and DUT deserve better – ACDP Youth Foundation

ACDP-Youth Foundation National Chairman, Ntokozo Zama has expressed disappointment at Mangasuthu Technicon, Durban University of Technology and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme following unrest and disruption to lectures today (27/01/2014). The failure of NSFAS to make payments for the students over the past academic year, resulted in MUT and DUT not re-registering these students for the current academic year. “This is a huge knock to their academic careers, and this is unacceptable”, said Zama. The Government has yet again let down the students and youth of our nation. The Department of Higher Education is in shatters and Minister Blade Nzimande has yet again highlighted the poor performance of his department.

 

The ACDP-YF would hope this matter would be resolved swiftly and that what happened at Walter Sisulu University last year would not repeat itself. Time away from lectures is detrimental to the students and for our country. The youth are the future of South Africa and we need a government that would invest in this, and prioritise them.

 

The ACDP would welcome any means to remedy this situation, including NSFAS receiving a bigger budget, however, there has to be a higher standard of accountability in the organisation. The Department of Higher Education would also have to put measures in place, to ensure that NSFAS administers the funds with transparency. NSFAS has been consistently underfunded, with a 6% increase only equating to the inflation rate (+-5%) and only allowing for 20% of first year students to be assisted. “We are asking that the Higher Education Department invest in our students futures”.

 

ACDP-YF would hope that the government and Minister Nzimande would hear the cry of our nation and protect and invest in the future of our nation.

 

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